Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Milestones.... Tombstones....

Apologies, kind reader, I'm establishing a company, so have had little time here of late.

However, I'm happy to announce a gentleman in Washington DC is the very first in the world to be proud owner of BOTH the Dickhead Cheney and Napolean Bush t-shirts! Thank you, kind sir, and I hope you enjoy and wear both proudly. There's a huge variety of Liberal Dose art available online here. Your contributions go to support the ever-rude yet eloquent ravings of your humble bloggist.

In the meantime, Iraq has asked us to leave yet again (for not the second, but the third time), though the likelihood of THAT seems remote, when her majesty is even willing to flatout lie about our ever-rosy reception there and the idiot emperor says it won't end on his >cough!< "watch", even though the whole occupation's soundly despised by the troops, the "beneficiaries" and of, course the American public.

Small wonder, as we've been bringing that special brand of Bushco freedom to over 83,000 civilians for three fun-filled years now, and even though our own Pentagon brass have admitted that between a staggering 70 to 90 PERCENT are INNOCENT. So the courtiers of his royal heinous (rhymes with "anus") continue to breezily wish us all well while the murders, child rapes, torture and genocide continue, courtesy of your tax dollars. It's a bargain, at least to some....

Well, three years on, it's many happy returns. Joy in certain well-connected boardrooms, joy in a midnight-black room, hot, dry and sand-choked, where a barely human creature screams out its final incoherent pleas for mercy between bloody teeth, and a barely human creature paid to do our bidding revs up the powerdrill with a grin.

Quotes of the Day:
"Every nation has its war party. It is not the party of democracy. It is the party of autocracy. It seeks to dominate absolutely."
--Senator Robert M. La Follette

"It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners."
--Albert Camus

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Charlie Sheen Speaks Out --
Conservatives Desperate to
Discredit Him Immediately

Charlie Sheen has busted the gates wide open on CNN.

But watch -- the number of conservatives desperate to ridicule a position is directly proportionate to the level of fear that position instills in them.

A preemptive message to his detractors, originally posted in a political forum:

Quick, grab a cliche to feel validated and protected by a mass of supporters so you don't have to consider the chilling possibility that Big Brother really, really is NOT your friend and protector.

"Tin foil" or "moonbat" jokes -- yeah that's it; those are used by EVERYBODY; they'll make the guy saying all those scary things look stupid so you don't have to consider that maybe... maybe there's some chilling TRUTH there.

Hey, at least if you're going to hide behind a protective mental wall of ridicule, say something that is -- for fuck's sake -- interestingly ORIGINAL. Then you'll have proven, as Orwell put it, you're thinking for yourself, not letting others do the thinking for you.

Are Alex Jones and Charlie Sheen right in speculating that the government covered up facts about the attacks of September 11, 2001? Maybe not, but the vast, vast majority of Americans, who have read the Pentagon's own declassified Operation Northwoods papers, or found out about the attempted murder of Judi Bari (who won a 4.4 million-dollar federal case against the FBI and local police) and government orchestrated discrediting of her group Earth First, the decades-long deadly Tuskegee Syphillis Experiment, the 15 years in which the FBI ran COINTELPRO, as documented by Congress here, or the ocean of declassified documents of government experiments on Americans -- including injections or administration by other means of live cancer cells, hepatitis, malaria, plutonium and various psychoactive and experimental drugs -- orphaned children, mentally retarded, crippled, elderly or imprisoned victims without their knowledge or consent over the last century, not to mention three decades of federal government radiation experiments on US citizens, no longer believe the Bush Administration has told us the entire truth.

Feel free to ridicule me, but, in truth, you don't have the right to pretend to be informed about these things until you take the time to read about them in the links I've provided.

After you've faced the scary -- but liberating -- truth, come back, and let's talk.

Primarily about how, as the majority of Americans, we can take our country back.

You've only got your freedom to lose.


The truth is, the louder and more aggressive a conservative gets, the more you're frightening him.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Breaking: New WaPo Blogger Busted Balls-Deep in Sheep

All you can say is holy, holy crap. Last week, the Washington Post ticked off attentive political bloggers by choosing a 23-year-old Bush lackey and operator of a racist and ultrarightwing blog to be their model representative of Internet political commentary.

This week, posters at the top leftwing political blog "Daily Kos" nailed DC's newest fortunate son with multiple counts of the most egregious, outrageous plagiarism since... well since the last White House (media) whore, Jeff Gannon.

But, what the Hell, right? Conservative "journalists" like Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly and their peers have been "researching" like this for a long time.

The danger, of course, is that conservatives will simply use this to further erode the credibility of the Post, which has at times proven less than sufficiently compliant. Crass and amoral they may be, but Bush Republicans and their strategists are masters of the art of reframing. In this respect, the Democrats could stand to learn a lesson or three.

Quote of the Day:
"We have made the Reich by propaganda"
--Dr. Joseph Paul Goebbels

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Dave Boots the Dick....

From Late Night with David Letterman:

Top Ten Reasons Dick Cheney Won't Resign

10. Trying to fix up Condi Rice with his daughter

9. Turns out when you shoot somebody, if you're not vice president, you gotta do time

8. Bush leaves at two every day and then it's margaritas and Fritos

7. Set the solitare high score on his office computer

6. Wants to see if he can help Bush get his approval rating under ten

5. Too hard to give up Vice Presidential Discount at D.C. area Sam Goody stores

4. Wants to stay on the job until every country in the world hates us

3. Extra-zappy White House defibrillators

2. Undisclosed location has foosball and whores

1. Why quit when things are going so well?


More and more people are predicting a Cheney exit by the year's end.

Here's hoping.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

"Operation PR Boost" a Disappointment from the NosePin Zone...

Fock Snooze, what I like to call the The Nosepin Zone, is desperately trying to glamorize the latest idiocy in Operation Stomp a Peasant:

'Operation Swarmer' Underwhelming So Far
The "Daywide" crew of Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy on Friday (March 17, 2006) continued to try to pump up "Operation Swarmer" near Samarra northeast of Baghdad, even as they avoided mentioning Fox News' own poll showing most Americans no longer believe the nation's involvement there will pay off in a stable government. "Dayside" on Thursday tried to turn the 1,500-troop operation into the equivalent of D-Day. That was increasingly hard to do Friday, however, after Fox News reporter Bret Baier said from the Pentagon that no shots had been fired yet through the second day of the operation. So Huddy and Jerrick focused on, as Jerrick put it, "What does it mean for turning the war over to the Iraqis?"

Fox News Military Analyst retired Army Col. David Hunt insisted that the ability of the Iraqis to cooperate in a helicopter drop "is a very big step." "Iraqis doing an air mobile is excellent. It's a huge step. The most important thing about getting our guys back," he said.

Hunt insisted the operation was dangerous, even though no shots have been fired, because "there are a lot of moving parts [helicopters landing and taking off, etc.] The good news is that they have captured some and taken some weapons away. It could be either bad intelligence, which was all Iraqi-based intelligence, or some of the bad guys got away but the truth of this is it's more important almost that they got the operation going. We've been aggressive ... and the Iraqis are in helicopters, which never would have happened a year ago."


Hilarious.

Quote of the Day:
"Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?"
--George Carlin

Friday, March 17, 2006

How the Media Blew It....

As we enter our third year in Iraq with civilian deaths spiralling out of control, essential services like water, sewage and electricity intermitent, and hundreds of thousands of civilians -- up to a staggering 90 percent who are KNOWN TO BE INNOCENT -- being held in our gulags, the cakewalk is far, far from over, and in fact may just be about to ignite an explosive regional war that threatens to engulf the entire Middle East.

And while the poster child of journalistic integrity Judith Miller may have led the pack in breathlessly trumpeting reckless assertions without being arsed to conduct even the most basic of fact-checking, the truth is most of the major media outlets were all too happy to regurgitate the talking points spoon-fed to them by the Red House.

Whether cowed by the (admittedly frightening face of) that wizened old monopolist Rupert Murdoch or latter-day carpetbagger and opportunist Conrad Black, or simply too goddamned lazy to follow up, newspaper after radio station after television network led us handily down the garden path to the frightening game of global brinkmanship in which we find ourselves today.

To give some sort of perspective on just how outrageously wrong the whole press corps were on National Chimp-in-Chief Photo Op Accomplished Day, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting has compiled a little refresher for us. Here's hoping our media watchdogs won't be so gullible next time the Red House decides to move some product.

"Iraq Is All but Won; Now What?" (Los Angeles Times headline, 4/10/03)

"Now that the combat phase of the war in Iraq is officially over, what begins is a debate throughout the entire U.S. government over America's unrivaled power and how best to use it." (CBS reporter Joie Chen, 5/4/03)

"Congress returns to Washington this week to a world very different from the one members left two weeks ago. The war in Iraq is essentially over and domestic issues are regaining attention." (NPR's Bob Edwards, 4/28/03)

"Tommy Franks and the coalition forces have demonstrated the old axiom that boldness on the battlefield produces swift and relatively bloodless victory. The three-week swing through Iraq has utterly shattered skeptics' complaints." (Fox News Channel's Tony Snow, 4/27/03)

"The only people who think this wasn't a victory are Upper Westside liberals, and a few people here in Washington." (Charles Krauthammer, Inside Washington, WUSA-TV, 4/19/03)

"We had controversial wars that divided the country. This war united the country and brought the military back." (Newsweek's Howard Fineman--MSNBC, 5/7/03)

"We're all neo-cons now." (MSNBC's Chris Matthews, 4/9/03)

"The war was the hard part. The hard part was putting together a coalition, getting 300,000 troops over there and all their equipment and winning. And it gets easier. I mean, setting up a democracy is hard, but it is not as hard as winning a war." (Fox News Channel's Fred Barnes, 4/10/03)

"Oh, it was breathtaking. I mean I was almost starting to think that we had become inured to everything that we'd seen of this war over the past three weeks; all this sort of saturation. And finally, when we saw that it was such a just true, genuine expression. It was reminiscent, I think, of the fall of the Berlin Wall. And just sort of that pure emotional expression, not choreographed, not stage-managed, the way so many things these days seem to be. Really breathtaking." - Washington Post reporter Ceci Connolly, appearing on Fox News Channel on 4/9/03, discussing the pulling down of a Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad, an event later revealed to have been a U.S. military PSYOPS operation.

"The war winds down, politics heats up.... Picture perfect. Part Spider-Man, part Tom Cruise, part Ronald Reagan. The president seizes the moment on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific." (PBS's Gwen Ifill, 5/2/03, on George W. Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech)

"We're proud of our president. Americans love having a guy as president, a guy who has a little swagger, who's physical, who's not a complicated guy like Clinton or even like Dukakis or Mondale, all those guys, McGovern. They want a guy who's president. Women like a guy who's president. Check it out. The women like this war. I think we like having a hero as our president. It's simple. We're not like the Brits." (MSNBC's Chris Matthews, 5/1/03)

"He looked like an alternatively commander in chief, rock star, movie star, and one of the guys." (CNN's Lou Dobbs, on Bush's 'Mission Accomplished' speech, 5/1/03)

"Why don't the damn Democrats give the president his day? He won today. He did well today." (MSNBC's Chris Matthews, 4/9/03)

"If image is everything, how can the Democratic presidential hopefuls compete with a president fresh from a war victory?" (CNN's Judy Woodruff, 5/5/03)

"I doubt that the journalists at the New York Times and NPR or at ABC or at CNN are going to ever admit just how wrong their negative pronouncements were over the past four weeks." (MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, 4/9/03)

"This has been a tough war for commentators on the American left. To hope for defeat meant cheering for Saddam Hussein. To hope for victory meant cheering for President Bush. The toppling of Mr. Hussein, or at least a statue of him, has made their arguments even harder to defend. Liberal writers for ideologically driven magazines like The Nation and for less overtly political ones like The New Yorker did not predict a defeat, but the terrible consequences many warned of have not happened. Now liberal commentators must address the victory at hand and confront an ascendant conservative juggernaut that asserts United States might can set the world right." (New York Times reporter David Carr, 4/16/03)

"This will be no war -- there will be a fairly brief and ruthless military intervention.... The president will give an order. [The attack] will be rapid, accurate and dazzling.... It will be greeted by the majority of the Iraqi people as an emancipation. And I say, bring it on." (Christopher Hitchens, in a 1/28/03 debate-- cited in the Observer, 3/30/03)

"I will bet you the best dinner in the gaslight district of San Diego that military action will not last more than a week. Are you willing to take that wager?" (Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly, 1/29/03)

"It won't take weeks. You know that, professor. Our military machine will crush Iraq in a matter of days and there's no question that it will." (Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly, 2/10/03)

One might almost be inclined to speculate that the Bush cabal had hired their own personal media whores, but then, that would be absurd, wouldn't it?

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Blog Announcements.....

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Whee! Chimpboy at 33% in the Polls....



To quote an excellent website: "Ask not at whom the chimp smirks, he smirks at you."

Well, We the People are about to wipe that smirk right off his face.

And, as the ever-scintillating Bob Harris notes, (the) Dick, at 19 percent, is now seven points less popular than the public beating of children.

Methinks Stan Lee misspoke when he said "TANJ" (or was it Ben Grimm?).

Speaking of comics, this wins for creepiest graphic of the month.

And, while we're on the subject, who can resist a new Wachowski brothers cinematic marvel, especially when it features the spectacular Natalie Portman?

And tell me you've already seen her rap video.

:-)

Quote of the Day:
"When the representative body have lost the confidence of their constituents, when they have notoriously made sale of their most valuable rights, when they have assumed to themselves powers which the people never put into their hands, then indeed their continuing in office becomes dangerous to the state"
--Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Down Pat


Regular as the tides, to coincide with the full moon, the crazies are out, raving about their conversations with "Great Satan" again. Oh, wait a second, it's Jesus they're on the phone to....

Geez, it's all so confusin'. Whatever.

Quote of the Day:
"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?"
--Alice Liddel

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

THIS has got to be seen....

(Still) Making a Killling

According to the Post, folks at the Red House "is just plumb tuckered out" from all the hard work of plundering the Treasury and murdering folks with the wrong skin color.

And while Turdball has apparently been magically endowed with the right to set national policy, Brigadier General Janis Karpinski (of the terrifying penis-shriveling-ray eyes), who led Abu Ghraib during the height of the torturefest, has apparently had some designer perfume magically appear in her purse. (I'm sorry, she could BATHE in designer perfume, and I'd still run like Hell at the ground quake of her approach.)

So while she swears she wasn't a part of the nastiness at Saddam's -- now our -- torture chambers, stories of 11-year-old prisoners and 15-year-old boys raped while under her charge do little to add to her already immeasurable charm.

Bush's former domestic "policy" advisor Claude A. Allen has also been nicked for the same reason, which, while Bush waxes astonished, is really no major revelation, as this is what Allen was apparently advising the Red House to do to the rest of us all along.

Meanwhile that all-time paragon of American values, Halliburton, has been caught again, this time snacking on the corpses of Katrina victims -- of which 3,200 are still "unaccounted for". How handy for them there are professionals just made for the job.

Speaking of handy, the recent rush to buy Tamiflu has Rumsfeld swimming in even filthier lucre than usual.

Too bad it's quite likely useless, at least if these guys and these guys are to be believed.

It's hardly the first time we've been sold something by the Bush cabal that turned out to be snake oil.

Quote of the Day:
"Who's to say it's monstrous? I'm the King. I call it just."
--Peter O'Toole as Henry II "The Lion in Winter"

Friday, March 10, 2006

Ike Saw it Coming....


Ike knew.

Quotes of the Day: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."
-- President Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Every bomb that is dropped is a Day Care Center losing their funding, every bomb that is dropped is an Afterschool Program that is cut, every bomb that is dropped is a senior not getting their prescrption drugs.... The US will drop 3,000 bombs the first day . . .just think about it.
-- modern paraphrasing
I'm proud of Cindy Sheehan; she's every bit as brave (and as critical to America's freedom) as the soldiers tragically bleeding and dying for a pointless war in a land that desperately wants us to leave.

She's a modern American hero, and I stand beside her and will fight with every last breath in my body for her right to speak, to march, even to scream and curse.

God bless America.

God bless its patriots, from its Jeffersons, to its Kennedys to its Sheehans.

They are my brothers and sisters.

They are our heros.

As long as there is even a single voice yet able to raise itself in defiance, there is still hope we may preserve the tattered shreds of our once-proud democracy.

It's getting nasty in the forums over here.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Breaking: Minister Claims Sheehan Bruised, Battered by Cops, Woman Minority Friend Punched in the Stomach, Reporters Slammed into Walls....

From Truthout.com:

Truthout's Rebecca MacNeice was on the ground in New York filming the events when the arrests took place. Rebecca described the police as very rough. She said that many in the crowd were thrown against a building, including the press. She described the arrestees as being "dragged off" in a rough manner. Steve Kent from Democracy Now! has provided the following update:

Here is an update on the arrest of Cindy Sheehan and three other activists at the UN today when they attempted to deliver a petition with 72,000 signatures organized by womensaynotowar.org to the United States mission. The four are being held now at Police Service Area 4, 8th Street and Avenue C, on their way to the DA's office. They are to be charged with resisting arrest. Sheehan is apparently rather injured from the arrest, according to Rev. Patti Ackerman, who just called from custody, with a wrenched arm and bruises on her torso and head from being dropped on the pavement....

Cindy Sheehan and Three Others Arrested -- Reuters

Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war activist whose son was killed in the Iraq war, was arrested with three other protesters in New York on Monday after a rally with women from Iraq. Sheehan became a central figure in the US anti-war movement last summer after she camped outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch and has been arrested at least two other times at protests. On Monday, she had joined a delegation of women from Iraq at the rally at the United Nations, urging the United Nations to help prevent civil war in Iraq. About 20 protesters went to the US mission to the United Nations to deliver a petition with 60,000 signatures seeking an end to the war. Nobody from the mission received them so Sheehan and three other American women sat down in front of the building, refused to leave, and were arrested. A police spokesman said they were expected to be released later on Monday. The Iraqi women plan to deliver a petition to the White House on Wednesday. Earlier they held a news conference at U.N. headquarters calling for the United States to withdraw its forces....

"I am outraged that the US Mission could not send someone down to meet with a delegation of women whose lives and families have been shattered by this destructive and immoral war," said Ann Wright, former US Army Colonel and US diplomat. Wright was physically assaulted by security officers during the arrests.

To view the full text of the petition, go to: http://www.womensaynotowar.org.
Update: It has been pointed out that the portions of the story Truthout quoted verbatim from Yahoo originated with the Reuters news agency. Yahoo apparently omitted the following: "The protesters said they had been told they could send a delegation into the building to present their petition, but that no one showed up to receive them. A Reuters photographer said security guards inside the building had held the doors to prevent them from entering. But Richard Grenell, the spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, said the protesters had been invited in but had refused to do so because media representatives were not allowed to accompany them.

"We invited them in to the U.S. mission in a small group," Grenell said. "They were not willing to separate themselves from the media."


Interestingly, a series of AP photographs and captions posted on Yahoo News contradict that saying that the doors weren't "held" but were locked shut, that the police had blocked the way intitially, that photographers INSIDE were snapping photos, and the photos clearly show Sheehan and the others separate from the media, thus appearing to refute essentially everything Grenell said.

Village Voice has more here.

Quote of the Day:
"Sometimes a law is just on its face and unjust in its application. For instance, I have been arrested on a charge of parading without a permit. Now, there is nothing wrong in having an ordinance which requires a permit for a parade. But such an ordinance becomes unjust when it is used to maintain segregation and to deny citizens the First Amendment privilege of peaceful assembly and protest.

I hope you are able to ace the distinction I am trying to point out. In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law, as would the rabid segregationist. That would lead to anarchy. One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.

Of course, there is nothing new about this kind of civil disobedience. It was evidenced sublimely in the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to obey the laws of Nebuchadnezzar, on the ground that a higher moral law was at stake. It was practiced superbly by the early Christians, who were willing to face hungry lions and the excruciating pain of chopping blocks rather than submit to certain unjust laws of the Roman Empire. To a degree, academic freedom is a reality today because Socrates practiced civil disobedience. In our own nation, the Boston Tea Party represented a massive act of civil disobedience. We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was "illegal." It was "illegal" to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler's Germany. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers. If today I lived in a Communist country where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I would openly advocate disobeying that country's antireligious laws."
--Martin Luther King -- "A Letter from Birmingham Jail"

Liar Liar

Four days after Katrina pummelled New Orleans, Bush was on TV claiming in his best 'aw shucks, who me?' deadpan: "...I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."

Well, if you haven't already seen it, watch this AP clip. We see him caught in another bald-faced lie, watching the briefings the day before Katrina struck, where weather forecasters and his own handpicked team warned repeatedly, "this is the big one" and "the breach of the levees is obviously a very real concern".

Bush's response? Warm platitudes, then a loooong vacation, while the biggest disaster in US history struck.

Five days later, he lied point blank on tv, saying "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."

If we want to be charitable, we could suppose that, instead of LYING IN A COWARDLY EFFORT TO COVER HIS ASS, he just WASN'T PAYING ATTENTION TO WARNINGS OF THE BIGGEST DISASTER IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

Kind of reminds you of another incident, doesn't it?

Quote of the Day:
"...like a scurvy politician, seem
To see the things thou dost not."
--William Shakespeare, King Lear


Postscript: In answer to the verbal flatulance of an unnamed poster in a certain political forum, yes, Katrina most certainly was (and I quote) "...the most destructive such storm ever to strike the United States", at least if one is to believe the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Game, set and match.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Say Hi to Al.....

You're not going to believe THIS.... Perhaps they're preparing the 2008 GOP candidate?!? Lord knows they couldn't do any worse than what they've got now.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Cap'n Falafel Strikes Again!

While I figure people are free to do whatever the hell they want in the privacy of their own homes, I can't help but wonder if his rightwing listeners would still support "Shut Up" O'Rielly if they read the affidavits of FOX TV News Producer Andrea Mackris swearing in court that he enjoyed using a vibrator on himself while talking dirty to her and that he paid her millions to stop talking about it....

For O'Reilly, it must falafel.

But now Captain Loofa has outdone himself yet again, loosing the FOX goons on a caller who actually -- to my mind at least -- seemed to be a fan.

God forbid a viewer remind him of the ongoing merciless smackdown he's receiving on the Keith Olbermann show.

Remember when he opportunistically bullied Jeremy Glick, whose father had been killed at 9-11, for daring to question the war policies of the Red House?

All I can say is he's certainly deserved this for a long, long time.

Quote of the Day:
"Ooh, yeah! All right!
We're jammin':
I wanna jam it wid you.
We're jammin', jammin',
And I hope you like jammin', too."
--Bob Marley

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Putting the "Christ" back in "Christian"

While Mr. Personality continues to win his way into the hearts of the multitudes, along with the current rash of thieves, liars and ne'er-do-wells in the GDP (Grand Dead Party), it seems like everyone, from the raving lunatics to the vote fixers to the larcenous friends and even the Chimp-in-Chief's own pets in the Axis of Evil just can't get no lovin' as of late.

Perhaps they could hire a hooker.

Oh. Wait. They already did that.

Such appalling hypocrisy among the >cough< "moral majority" is why it's so heartening to see America's religious communities starting to act a little more -- well, CHRISTLIKE, for lack of a better word, even going so far as to >gasp of shock< publicly denounce our reign of terror in the Middle East....

Somewhere between an Agnostic and a Brahman, I cringe less at hearing the Rude Pundit crack about the Christian belief in a great sky wizard than when some slick-haired and embarrasingly earnest young man starts asking me if I've accepted Jesus into my heart.

Still, you've gotta feel some respect for these guys. Take the Mormons for example -- how many times EVERY HOUR do you figure they get doors slammed in their faces or someone calling them "freaks", but they just roll with the punches, again and again and again, travelling around trying to convert complete strangers.

For all their >ahem!< decidedly odd... beliefs (which you can read about in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's peerless Holmes adventure "A Study in Scarlet"), they are remarkable for at least two reasons: 1) having one of the most complete genealogical records databases in the world; and 2) their custom of, upon reaching 19 years of age, going out across the world in pairs to preach. Say what you will, THAT, kind readers, takes courage.

I'll never forget the seventy-year-old Mormon from "Mahzoorai" with the thickest southern strap-molasses drawl I've ever heard who didn't blink an eye when I asked him to help me get a crack-addicted young (formerly Mormon) prostitute off the streets.

To this day, he remains one of the kindest, warmest and most genuinely human of people I have ever met. And genuine caring for fellow humans -- particularly complete strangers -- is in perilously short supply these days, if you haven't noticed.

But, maybe, just MAYBE, if we can have a few more voices of reason speaking up in the Christian community, maybe, just MAYBE we can avert our planet's impending plunge into a very incontrovertible and literal Hell.

Let us pray.

Quotes of the Day:
"I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
--Mahatma Gandhi

"They (Christians) would throw me in jail and write bad articles about me and then go to church on Sunday and say Jesus is a wonderful man and he's coming back to save us. But they don't understand that when he comes back, that these crazy greedy capitalistic men are gonna kill him again."
--Mike Tyson

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best always,
Eric

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Sir, at Long Last....

Columnist Dennis Prager whips the right into (self-)righteous indignation with the daily Two Minutes Hate, purporting to know the minds of and speak for all liberals, claiming we all "blame the victims" for acts of terrorism.

As the Iraq occupation sinks daily into ever greater jeopardy and ever more irrefutable proof emerges that the Bush gang are sociopaths who will blithely ignore the deaths of Americans that don't support them, supporters of the right have become ever more frantic in their need to blot out cognitive dissonance as evidenced by the recent flood of multiple emails I've been getting in all-caps screams puncuated by exclamation points. At least it's a step up from the previous death threats (all in the name of freedom of speech of course)....

Still, one can't always let these things go without at least attempting to set the record straight:

Sir:

Your story is more baiting than honest analysis; I (and every other liberal I know) don't blame the victims in the least; in fact, in the case of 9-11, we blame the Saudi perpetrators (not the Iraqis, who had nothing whatsoever to do with it), and the White House, which ignored dozens of explicit warnings that Bin Laden was going to strike a major landmark in the US within the week of September 11 using airplanes as weapons.

Just exactly as Bush and his staff ignored the warnings about Katrina, and partied grandly while thousands of Americans died and millions had their lives destroyed.

I hope you will have the courage to post this and an honest debate on it.

regards,
Eric
proud liberal patriot
Meanwhile, some of the men and women eating bullets and sand for Bush have a few choice words for their "supporters" back stateside.

Quote of the Day: "The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretense was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstacy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one's will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic. And yet the rage that one felt was an abstract, undirected emotion which could be switched from one object to another like the flame of a blowlamp."
--Eric Blair aka George Orwell

David Swanson is asking YOU to Oppose More Blood Money....

Today is National Call-In Day to oppose more money for the war.

Today is also a day when news reports demand an end to the war. Tell your Congress Member and Senators that

People across the world overwhelmingly believe the war in Iraq has increased the likelihood of terrorist attacks worldwide, a poll for the BBC reveals. Some 60% of people in 35 countries surveyed believe this is the case, against just 12% who think terrorist attacks have become less likely.
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/8308

CALL CONGRESS 202-224-3121

72% of U.S. soldiers in Iraq want the war ended this year, according to a new Zogby poll. (29% say immediately, 22% say next six months, and 21% say 6-12 months.) Many soldiers (42%) are not clear what the mission is. 90% think the war was retaliation for Saddam Hussein's role in 9-11, but of course he has been removed from power and, of course, had no role in 9-11.
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/8321

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"The Army has decided to reimburse a Halliburton subsidiary for nearly all of its disputed costs on a $2.41 billion no-bid contract to deliver fuel and repair oil equipment in Iraq, even though the Pentagon's own auditors had identified more than $250 million in charges as potentially excessive or unjustified." -- The New York Times
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/8304

CALL CONGRESS 202-224-3121

President George W. Bush's job rating has fallen to an all-time low of 34%, amid strong opposition to the Dubai Ports World deal and increasing pessimism over the war in Iraq, according to a CBS News poll released on Monday.
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/8317

CALL CONGRESS 202-224-3121

"Governors of both parties said Sunday that Bush administration policies were stripping the National Guard of equipment and personnel needed to respond to hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, forest fires and other emergencies." -- The New York Times
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/8310

CALL CONGRESS 202-224-3121

Ted Koppel says the war is for oil.
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/8303

CALL CONGRESS 202-224-3121

And Congress Members say they might vote more money for war because they're afraid of the media????
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/8320

WHAT YOU CAN TELL CONGRESS:

Call the Capitol Hill Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative (or one of your Senators). Give them this basic message in your own words: "I strongly oppose the war in Iraq. I want all our troops brought home safely, without delay. I urge Representative X to vote against the President's $72.4 billion 'emergency' supplemental request for the war."

More Info:
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/8237

The Republicans who run Congress will include small amounts of money for all sorts of good things in the supplemental or group of supplementals to be voted on. This will provide your Representative all sorts of noble excuses for voting for a lot more money for war. Tell them this position will only be credible if they cosponsor Rep. Jim McGovern's bill, which simply ends funding for the war:
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/end

To see how your Representative has voted on the war, download the UFPJ Congressional Scorecard (in Excel spreadsheet format) by clicking here:
http://tinyurl.com/ex2bs

CALL CONGRESS TODAY 202-224-3121